Orin holds a Ph.D. in Positive Organizational Psychology and a M.A. in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University. He has experience as a lecturer, teaching courses in Creativity, Critical Thinking, Psychology, Management, and Statistics.
Remember that warm day in May or June when school finished for the summer, and you were free of any scholastic obligations until the fall? You might have thought that your teachers had the same freedom, owing to their having no work to do in the summer (an example of seasonal unemployment). But the truth is that primary and secondary school teachers actually work all year round! They plan lessons, take professional development courses, and sometimes even teach summer school. There are many other professions, however, where there are limited work opportunities during certain seasons or time periods. People who work in those fields must find additional employment options for the slow seasons.
Seasonal unemployment occurs when there is limited need for a specific type of work to be performed during a certain time of the year. Professionals who work in a specific season often charge fees for their services, which provide the equivalent of an annual income, or work in multiple fields with different prime seasons.
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In almost any region that has both warm and cold seasons, or a dry and rainy season, people who do landscaping work only in the more pleasant, mild seasons. In large part, this is because significant precipitation can damage equipment, and snow can cover almost anything that would need to be landscaped (such as bushes or lawns). Additionally, working outside in inclement weather for long periods of time carries its own hazards and can be costly. Neither the worker nor client would want to incur the relevant fees to cover the hazard pay.
While almost every body of water that is open for swimming requires a lifeguard, there is far more frequent swimming in warm seasons than cold seasons. A lot of this owes to people being concerned with catching a chill if they walk outside while wet. As a consequence, there are far fewer swimming facilities open and in need of a lifeguard during the cold months. That said, it is notable that lifeguards are often students who, during cold seasons, are busy with school, which makes it a win-win situation for employers and employees alike.
If you have never felt stress as the deadline for submitting taxes approached, rest assured that your accountant did! While there are people who get extensions for filing their taxes, most people are finished by the deadline. This leaves accountants who have only private clients with very limited work outside of 'tax season' (in the USA, this is usually from October/November through April). Granted, there are many matters of personal accounting that can keep a CPA busy throughout the year, but some accountants are practically unemployed outside of tax season!
Whether due to deadlines, weather, climate, or the merry-go-round of the calendar, there are some fields where there is a lack of work at certain times of the year. Those who work in those fields face seasonal unemployment and must either charge high prices during the peak season, or find alternative working arrangements in the off-season.
Key Facts About Seasonal Unemployment
- Seasonal unemployment: Types of work that are only performed during a specific time of year.
- Landscaping and serving as personal accountants are examples of seasonal work.
After finishing the lesson, you should have the ability to:
- Explain what seasonal unemployment is
- List a few of the occupations that do have seasonal unemployment
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Seasonal Unemployment: Definition & Examples
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